What Is a Deacon?
In Acts we see the early church explode with growth. The number of those believing in the Gospel increased daily. Because of this, the disciples of the early church couldn’t commit the time they needed to teach and pray. So, to meet the increased demands they chose seven men who had good reputations in the body to meet the physical and practical needs of the church (Acts 6:1-6). This is the first picture of deacons in the New Testament church.
Deacons were qualified servants who worked with the elders/pastors in order to serve the body of Christ. Paul would later tell young Timothy that when he selects deacons to make sure they are men of godly character.
1 Timothy 3:8-13
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Today we utilize Paul’s letter to Timothy as a benchmark to be biblically faithful in identifying such qualified men. At Integrity Church, we take serious the role of the deacon within the body. We want to make sure our church’s spiritual and practical needs are met through the ministry of the deacons as they seek to serve alongside the pastors/elders.
In many churches, deacons are often primary decision makers who serve on boards that oversee various committees in the church. However, the modern interpretation of deacon roles are foreign to Scripture. Biblically speaking, deacons complement the elders because they help lighten the load of care for the church. As elders focus on the spiritual development of the body, deacons insure that the body is practically cared for. For this reason, we have created specific ways our deacons serve the church.
- Deacon of Member Care
- Deacon of Discipleship
- Deacon of Finance
We will do a blog series on each role and how they impact Integrity Church. Also, you will get a chance to meet two of our new deacons in the roles of member care.